I was having a problem (now corrected) with IE7 (Posted in Forum "Internet Explorer) no need to go into the whole thing here.
While doing my fix, I printed out a list of various known Malware & Spyware programs. WildTangent was listed as an "Optional but Recommended Removal."
I didn't remove it, as I recall it being installed when I installed a [trusted] software program (can't recall exactly which one, but 95% sure it was a Game, possibly Half-Life2 installed via DVD disk.
I've seen some references to WildTangent in various discussions, but am not clear if it's a Malware, Spyware, Virus, or if it's even harmful at all to my system.
Any input is greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance,
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04-25-2008, 11:09 PM #1
WildTangent-Spyware, Malware, Virus, or Even Harmful at ALL
06-11-2008, 12:55 AM #2Junior Member
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Wild Tangent games is well-documented at a number of well-reputed malware databases and forums.
The vendor's write-up about the information WildTangent collects: "We collect certain system configuration information through our software such as your computer's CPU speed, video card configuration, and DirectX version. We use this information to adjust the way our games and other software work in order to ensure their best possible performance. We also collect certain product usage information through our software such as the number of product launches and time spent playing a product.
How did WildTangent get on my computer?
WildTangent is an online video game software company with partnerships with many companies like HP, Dell, Compaq, Logitech, AOL, and others. We package our games with their products such as computers and computer peripherals. We do not install our software onto your computer without your knowledge and consent.
If you have found WildTangent software on your computer, but didn't install it, it was installed onto your computer in the following ways:
Your computer manufacturer, such as HP, Dell, Compaq, or Gateway, preinstalled the software and games on your computer.
Playing any of our games, like Polar Bowler, Blasterball or Tradewinds, or any AIM Games, like Lexibox and WildCards, will install WildTangent on your computer.
Trying one of our games from our website partners like MSN Gaming Zone, Yahoo and Shockwave. To view all our games, please go to our WildGames website.
Someone in your household, especially children, has played or downloaded any one of our games.
It is not possible for our software to automatically install itself on your computer; it must be installed specifically by one of the methods we list above.
Threat Name: WildTangent
Wild Tangent is a data miner\, and adware. It also automatically updates itself.
What is Wild Tangent?
Wild Tangent is a video game software company specializing in online games. It has even made a partnership with AOL to include itself as part of the AOL Instant Messenger for their AIM games section. The WildTangent Web Driver is their technology that allows you to play 3D games over the Internet. Although its not technically considered spyware it does have built in components to update itself and gather information about the computer system including
Operating System Version
CPU Type and Speed
Video Card type and Driver Version
Sound Card type and Driver Version
Location that the Web Driver was installed from
This Add or Remove Programs entry corresponds to a program that is either malware, installs malware, or is bundled with malware.
WildTangent monetizes online game play through a combination of digital retail purchase, subscription, advertising and micro-transactions using brand-new micro-currency called WildCoins.
Some users find that the company's products have an adverse effect on their PC's performance.
WildTangent asserts that the software bundle is safe, but many antispyware programs classify it as adware/spyware, mainly because it reports activity and games played to WildTangent servers, such as number of times played, length of time played and machine specifications, such as OS version, processor speed, RAM, and DirectX version in order to more finely tune games and services to casual gamers. WildTangent is preinstalled on Toshiba, Dell, Gateway, Compaq, and HP computers. 
The bundle is removed by the antispyware program Spybot - Search & Destroy, and it is in several Internet hosts files used by many people to block rogue and criminal sites. The antispyware program CounterSpy used to say that it's OK to keep WildTangent, but it now says that the spyware Winpipe is "possibly distributed with the adware bundler WildTangent or from a threat included in that bundler". 
Tenebril's SpyCatcher Express states that the software's silent installation as bundled with other software or hardware is the main reason that it is listed as spyware and/or malware. They also say that WildTangent is a questionable program, because of its ad generation and that it can also download and install other software. Tenebril, however, does point out that you have to trust WildTangent that what it does install is benign. This is generally not considered a smart choice for security.
10-16-2008, 09:31 PM #3Junior Member
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thanks for those links dude...
even i'm having probs with tangent...
have to clear it with the help of those links u had...
hope it ill help me out...